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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

3 Comments on SF Tidbits for 2/27/10

  1. Thanks for the link love, Sir John!

  2. >Smart Pop Books has posted online (for one week) Kris Rusch’s controversial essay Barbarian Confessions from the book Star Wars On Trial edited by David Brin and Matthew Woodring Stover.

    That is one awesome essay.


  3. @MikeP: “That is one awesome essay.”

    I agree completely.

    Rusch’s essay, in fact, applies beautifully to Cameron’s Avatar. I’m thinking in particular of the generally negative reaction to and the widespread distaste for the film in the SF&F community. “Great visuals, but bad/derivative/cliched story” has been the typical response.

    Yet Avatar is now the highest-grossing film worldwide ever — and that means something. Echoing Rusch, it means that it’s entertaining because it gives us hero(es) and gives us hope and uplift. In other words, it gives us story. Moreover, it means that a whole bunch of people all over the world are paying for an SF experience … and perhaps becoming wowed by the vision available in the genre, like Rusch was wowed by Star Wars as a teenager.

    It is a film such as Avatar that saves SF and keeps the genre relevant. (And Cameron is apparently writing the novel tie-in, so ….)


    P.S. Thanks for the link to Rusch’s essay!


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